The 2018 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement – Where did the UN spend 18bn last year?

11 June 2019 – United Nations (UN) organizations spent $18.8 billion on goods and services over the year
2018, according to a new report published by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system.
The 2018 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement analyzes the total annual UN spend
on goods and services. The report also shows the extent to which sustainability
considerations are incorporated into UN procurement processes.
39 organizations provided procurement statistics for the report in 2018. For the first time,
all participating organizations reported on their sustainable procurement practices. A
record 95 per cent of organizations included environmental sustainability as the main
consideration in their procurement processes, while social and economic considerations
continued to play an important role.
“Through its procurement practices, the UN has the potential to contribute significantly to
sustainable development and help drive responsible consumption and production. This
year’s results show that UN organizations are making real progress towards embedding
sustainability in their procurement activities, ” said Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General
and UNOPS Executive Director.
UN organizations also increased their spend with suppliers who participated in the UN
Global Compact – an initiative that encourages companies to align their work with ten
universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.
In total, the 39 organizations that reported in 2018 increased their procurement by a
combined $434 million, or 2.4 per cent, compared to 2017.
A commitment to increase opportunities for developing and transitioning economies is
central to the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, UN procurement from developing
countries, countries with economies in transition and least developed countries reached its
highest level ever – $11.7 billion, compared to $10.9 billion in 2017. This constitutes over 60
per cent of total procurement, with $3.5 billion spent in the least developed countries.
The United States of America remained the largest supplier country in 2018, providing
$1.6 billion of goods and services to UN organizations. Four developing countries (India,
Kenya, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen) were among the top ten supplier countries in
2018, with a combined procurement value of $3 billion. This represented 15.8 per cent of
total UN procurement for 2018.
Almost $3 billion was spent on pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, and vaccines by UN
organizations – the largest procurement segment in 2018. The next largest procurement
segments were transportation, storage and mail services, and food and beverage products,
with a combined spend of $4.4 billion.

About the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR):

The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR) provides an overview of
the procurement of the United Nations (UN) system in support of its operations, projects
and programmes. Introduced in 1984, it has been compiled and published by UNOPS since
2008 on behalf of the organizations of the UN system and in cooperation with the United
Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM), where ASR data is published. In 2018, for the first
time, ASR data is accessible in interactive dashboards on the UNGM website
( ).

About UNOPS:

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and
sustainable development. We help the United Nations, governments and other partners to
manage projects and deliver sustainable infrastructure and procurement in an efficient
way. Read more:

Notes to the editors:

● The 2018 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement is published
07:00 AM CEST, 11 June 2019.
● For an advance copy of the report, or request access to interactive dashboards prior
to the embargo date, please contact: Tom Collins/ / Tel: +45 3017
7500 or Taraneh Dadar/
● The full report will be available at:
● Detailed statistics from the report can be explored through interactive dashboards
available at: